Sage’s horn-like phrasing is a delight on upbeat Jobim-penned sambas and her own tricky originals. Joseph Blake,Times Colonist
Sage unleashed a voice of thrilling flexibility and range, making jazz singing sound like it’s the easiest thing in the world.
Drew Snyder, Monday Magazine
Miranda Sage is English by birth, though she has lived most of her adult life in Western Canada.A music lover since early childhood, her musical training includes a background in piano, clarinet, saxophone, lute and guitar. Her vocal training was acquired through the University of Victoria,Victoria
Conservatory of Music, and various jazz workshops in Canada, the U.S. and Europe, including study with Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Louise Rose, and Norma Winstone. On this solid base, Miranda has built her concept of the voice as an instrument. Following several tours in North America and Europe, she released her first CD in 1997, to wide critical acclaim. Standards and Originals in a Jazz Key on the Boathouse Records label featured Hugh Fraser, piano and trombone, Rick Kilburn, bass, Blaine Wikjord, drums, and Jack Duncan, percussion. Miranda sings regularly in Victoria with the eighteen piece Swiftsure Big Band, as well as with small combos. She has also performed with the Hugh Fraser International Big Band, the Port Townsend Jazz Festival Big Band and has appeared several times at the Victoria International Jazz Festival.
September 2002 found Miranda back in Europe, joining Norma Winstone, Jacqui Dankworth, and Laurence Holloway at the three-day inaugural Isle of Wight Jazz Divas Festival. On her return to Canada, it was straight into the studio with the Juno award winning Hugh Fraser Band and renowned pianist and bassist Don Thompson to record Moon Tiger, her second CD in collaboration with award winning producer Rick Kilburn.
Boathouse Records presents its 17th release of original Canadian Jazz. Moon Tiger features vocals by Miranda Sage, with Hugh Fraser on piano and trombone, Don Thompson, piano and bass, Campbell Ryga, saxophone, Ken Lister, bass, Dave Robbins, drums and Jack Duncan, percussion.
A savvy mix of tunes, tempos and ensembles sung with clear and effortless delivery by Miranda Sage. Neil Ritchie, CBC Radio
Scheduled for release in Summer 2003, Moon Tiger is a collection of original tunes and jazz standards with a common theme of sensual languor and steamy tropical nights. From the cool, free floating beauty of Hugh Fraser and Miranda Sage’s collaboration “Island Man” through to the torrid passion of Henry Mancini’s “Slow Hot Wind”, Moon Tiger provides a
perfect vehicle for Miranda’s expressive three-octave voice to deliver every emotion from yearning to lust, and every quality from sweet high purity to sultry come-hither worldliness. It is a voice made for capturing hearts.
Miranda Sage Moon Tiger
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